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Jackie Friesen
Jackie  Friesen

Assistant Coach

Jackie Friesen is currently in her sixth year as an assistant coach with the Badgers. After serving as a short-term assistant during the 2009-10 season, Friesen was officially appointed as an assistant coach of the Badgers for the 2010-11 campaign. She also brings a wealth of playing experience to coaching and is familiar with the program at UW, having played for the Badgers for four years.

Jackie Friesen
The Friesen File
Regina, Saskatchewan
B.S., Kinesiology - Physical Education, Wisconsin, 2006
Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2009-Present)
Undergraduate Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2005-06)
Playing Experience
HC Slavia Praha Professional team (2007-09)
• Two-time Elite European League champions
• Two-time Czech League champions
DSC Oberthurgau Professional team (2006-07)
Canadian Under-22 National Team (2001-04)
Wisconsin (2001-05)
• Four-year letterwinner
• Assistant captain in 2004-05
• Academic All-WCHA honoree

Friesen returned to the UW bench to assist interim head coach Tracy DeKeyser during the 2009-10 season while head coach Mark Johnson took a one-year sabbatical to coach the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Friesen has helped the Badgers to three Frozen Four title games, capturing the championship in 2011.

She has also helped coach and oversee the development of two Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, three All-Americans, three U.S. National Team players and one Canadian National Team member.

Friesen is also making her mark coaching internationally, as the Regina, Saskatchewan, native, currently serves as an assistant coach for the Canadian U-18 team.

Skating with the Badgers for four seasons from 2001-05, Friesen accumulated 53 goals and 34 assists in her 136 games for the UW. An assistant captain in her final season, she also earned Academic All-WCHA honors in 2003 and recorded three hat tricks in her career at Wisconsin.

Friesen also served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Badgers in 2006, helping coach the squad to its first national championship.

No stranger to international play, Friesen went on to play professional hockey overseas where she competed in Switzerland for a year before playing for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. Her team won back-to-back titles in the Elite European League and was two-time Czech League Champions in 2008 and 2009.

Friesen currently resides in Middleton, Wis.


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